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We Are Handsome at Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week comes to Paddington Reservoir Gardens

The City of Sydney’s stunning Paddington Reservoir Gardens will be the backdrop for one of the highlights of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Leading design label We Are Handsome will use the award-winning gardens as a backdrop to parade its new range.

We Are Handsome’s founder Jeremy Somers remembers the site as a disused petrol station when he was growing up nearby and watched it being transformed by the City.

“We were looking for a spectacular outdoor space. This idea came to us and we took it to the City.”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said she was thrilled that Paddington Reservoir Gardens would be a highlight of Fashion Week.

The City is a proud supporter of Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion Week, and it’s great that one of our most spectacular parks will be the backdrop for great local talent.

“Sydney has an international reputation for design and creativity. This is an opportunity to bring together some of our best architecture with We Are Handsome’s creativity.

The award-winning Paddington Reservoir Gardens, formerly a derelict petrol station, and disused water reservoir and a small park, was transformed by the City and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer architects and JMD Design in 2009. It is now a stunning urban park, combining the delicate stone ruins of the reservoir with tree-ferns, a sunken garden, plants and grassy areas.

The state heritage-listed garden has won the Australian Award for Urban Design and recently hosted the hugely successful lawn library.

Award-winning park in the city's east

Paddington Reservoir Gardens is an award-winning venue in the City of Sydney's east that has been completely transformed from its former life.

The reservoir was a vital source of water for the rapidly growing population in the 19th century. It ceased supplying water in 1899 and the site has been through a couple of uses since, including a garage and a petrol station.  It is now state heritage-listed.

Hailed as a blend of the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Paddington Reservoir Gardens opened in its current form in 2009.

The project has restored as much of the reservoir’s original framework as possible, and re-imagined the space in a new way. Original brick, timber and iron fixtures were salvaged and the site is fused with contemporary and sustainable elements. It truly is a thrilling blend of old and new.

Stroll through the immaculate gardens and wide boardwalks. There are plenty of places to sit and have a rest. The roof-top features a stunning sunken garden, and vibrant graffiti art has been preserved in the eastern chamber. Hang around until the sun sets if you can, as the lighting detail transforms the space once again.

Paddington Reservoir Gardens won the Australian Award for Urban Design in 2009. The public space has also received the seal of approval from the ABC’s Art Nation (featured in the video on this page) and Gardening Australia. The gardens are accessible and entry is free. Bus routes 378, 382 and 380 stop nearby.


Paddington Reservoir Gardens
251-255 Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021

Watch Art Nation's TV segment about the gardens

Last updated: Monday, 14 April 2014